Idaho trooper shot motorcyclist after 2-minute struggle over firearm, police say

Before an Idaho State Police trooper fatally shot a motorcyclist on Monday, there was a struggle that lasted about two minutes as the man tried to take the trooper’s gun, ISP said in a news release on Wednesday.

Christopher E. Williams, 41, of Boise, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Ada County Coroner’s Office. He was shot on Monday in Meridian after a trooper riding a motorcycle attempted to stop Williams for traffic violations.

The initial stop was at the intersection of Waltman Lane and Meridian Road, but when the trooper approached Williams’ motorcycle on foot, Williams accelerated and sped away down Waltman, according to ISP.

“The ISP trooper got back on his motorcycle and located the suspect at the end of the street. As the ISP trooper again attempted to make contact with Williams, a physical altercation occurred between them surrounding a struggle over the trooper’s firearm,” ISP reported in a news release.

The trooper fired several shots, striking Williams in the torso, after about a two-minute struggle, the release said.

The trooper began life-saving measures, which paramedics later took over, but Williams was pronounced dead. ISP has not yet named the trooper involved but say he was wearing an on-body video camera, and that video is being reviewed as part of the investigation.

Williams was released from prison on parole in October 2017 after being convicted of felony domestic battery in Kootenai County in 2010. Initially, Williams was sentenced to two to seven years in prison and was released in 2011. But in 2014 he absconded and was arrested in Washington state. From there he was sent back to prison until he was released last year. His sentence would not have been complete until 2020.

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